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Stanislaus County Public Safety Campus

Modesto, California

The design of the Stanislaus County Public Safety Campus rethinks incarceration to reduce recidivism. An evidence-based design approach helped the team create a comprehensive range of medical and mental healthcare environments that support the rehabilitation of inmates.

The phased construction project added four new buildings, which together provide meaningful care and a full continuum of services designed to break the cycle of incarceration. The program included:

  • 480 new beds spread across two new maximum-security units and an additional 15 hospital beds and 57 beds dedicated for inmates with medical, mental health and substance-use needs.
  • A 14,000-sq.-ft. Day Reporting Center that supports those released from custody or on probation.
  • A facility that houses intake, release, transportation and administrative functions.
  • A 288-bed Re-Entry and Enhanced Alternatives to Custody Training (REACT) Center for in-custody and transitioning adults in minimum and medium security units. There are spaces for adult education, religious services, counseling, self-help classes, mental health evaluations and classes, and other life-skill and career preparatory programs.

In addition to helping inmates change their lives, the project modernized and expanded the capacity of county detention facilities in environments that are safer for staff, inmates and visitors.

305,000 sq. ft. / 28,335 sq. m.
AIA Justice Facilities Review Award
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